Charles Howlett Associate Professor, Graduate Education
"I'm a Fulbright scholar and published author. But my most significant role is to convey to my students the importance of scholarship and the advancement of knowledge.
"I've been in the field of education for more than 30 years; first as a high school social studies teacher and then as an administrator in Amityville. Now I teach graduate education students at Molloy - and try to share with them what I learned from all those years in the classroom: to encourage their students to have fun with history.
"In my graduate action research course, students focus on an issue that impacts education in the classroom. It's a two semester course. During the first semester, they identify the problem or question then review the relevant literature on it. In the second semester, they carry out their own primary research and develop a plan of action: how is what they're proposing going to assist teachers - and help students learn? We've actually had students present their papers at the New York State Council for Social Studies.
"I also encourage my graduate students to take their interests - what they're passionate about - to the next level. For me, it's the subject of peace - and the courageous actions that people will undertake in order to achieve it. I'm very interested in those individuals who are committed to military service yet are pacifists. I've researched and written extensively on this topic throughout my career - and Molloy has been very supportive of these scholarly efforts. I've received the Faculty Research Award a few times and used my most recent grant to publish my last book, For the People: A Documentary History of the Struggle for Peace and Justice in the United States.
"I'm also a member of the Peace History Society, a former fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation at Princeton's DeWitt Wallace National Institute and an admissions liaison officer for the U.S. Air Force Academy. I guess you could say I am a man who likes to wear many different hats."